NaBloPoMo Post #24: Change of Plans


November 23rd, 2009

We were going to leave for Kansas on Wednesday to spend Thanksgiving with Kevn’s family. Yeah, that’s not happening. Kevin has been sick for almost a week and is finally starting to feel better and Lexi got sick today. We switched our plans around. We will leave for my family’s house on Thursday morning (Kansas is a 12 hour drive, Green Bay is a 4 1/2 hour drive) if everyone is feeling better and spend Thanksgiving there. Then, instead of going to my parents’ house for Christmas (as origianally planned) we will head to Kansas for Christmas.

But because everyone has been sick (Kevin and Lexi) and exhausted (me and Milo – okay, Milo’s just been clingy) the house is a disaster, laundry needs to be done, bags need to be packed and last minute errands need to be run.

Next year, I think we are just staying home. In our pajamas. For the entire holiday season.

Lack of Inspiration


October 12th, 2008

I realize that there has been a lack of blogging on my part. Actually, many of the blogs I read have slacked off lately, seriously people, what’s up with that?

I’m out of things to ramble about (for now).

I don’t want to talk politics anymore. That subject got old about 6 months ago.

I really don’t want to talk about economics because
a) I don’t like economics
b) because I don’t like it, I don’t understand it
and
c) everyone’s sick of hearing about it, so what’s the point?

I know that everyone is super excited about all the stuff I’ve been making lately but you can check that link for yourself.

My kid is still cute but today, not so much. She stuck her hands someplace that nobody wants to hear about.

We are at #11 on the waiting list for our baby – but the movement is slow.

My kindergarten is testing the limits. I fear bootcamp may be in their future.

So, maybe I’ll come up with something else soon. But there’s the list of everything I don’t feel like talking about right now.

Economic Problems Solved


September 29th, 2008

I got this as an e-mail forward but still…sounds like a good plan to me.

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$85,000,000,000.00 bailout of AIG.
Instead, I’m in favor of giving $85,000,000,000 to America in a We Deserve It Dividend.
To make the math simple, let’s assume there are 200,000,000 bonafide U.S. Citizens 18+.
Our population is about 301,000,000 +/- counting every man, woman and child. So 200,000,000 might be a fair stab at adults 18 and up..
So divide 200 million adults 18+ into $85 billon that equals $425,000.00.
My plan is to give $425,000 to every person 18+ as a We Deserve It Dividend.

Of course, it would NOT be tax free.
So let’s assume a tax rate of 30%.
Every individual 18+ has to pay $127,500.00 in taxes.
That sends $25,500,000,000 right back to Uncle Sam.
But it means that every adult 18+ has $297,500.00 in their pocket.
A husband and wife has $595,000.00.

What would you do with $297,500.00 to $595,000.00 in your family?
Pay off your mortgage – housing crisis solved.
Repay college loans – what a great boost to new grads
Put away money for college – it’ll be there
Save in a bank – create money to loan to entrepreneurs.
Buy a new car – create jobs
Invest in the market – capital drives growth
Pay for your parent’s medical insurance – health care improves
Enable Deadbeat Dads to come clean – or else

Remember this is for every adult U S Citizen 18+ including the folks who lost their jobs at Lehman Brothers and every other company that is cutting back, and of course, for those serving in our Armed Forces.

If we’re going to re-distribute wealth let’s really do it…instead of trickling out a puny $1000.00 ( “vote buy” ) economic incentive that is being proposed by one of our candidates for President.

If we’re going to do an $85 billion bailout, let’s bail out every adult U S Citizen 18+!

As for AIG – liquidate it.
Sell off its parts.
Let American General go back to being American General.
Sell off the real estate.
Let the private sector bargain hunters cut it up and clean it up.

Here’s my rationale. We deserve it and AIG doesn’t.
Sure it’s a crazy idea that can “never work.”
But can you imagine the Coast-To-Coast Block Party!

How do you spell Economic Boom?

I trust my fellow adult Americans to know how to use the $85 Billion We Deserve It Dividend more than I do the geniuses at AIG or in Washington DC .

And remember, The Birk plan only really costs $59.5 Billion because $25.5 Billion is returned instantly in taxes to Uncle Sam.

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Seriously? No, seriously?


September 23rd, 2008

Alright, in general, I’m in agreement with the breast is best movement. However this is ridiculous.

Are you above average?


August 5th, 2008

The story is that apparently the National Endowment for the Arts estimates that the average adult has only read six of these books. Here are the markup guidelines:

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Star the ones you love
4) Reprint this list in your blog

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien *
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling *
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee *
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott *
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14. The Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger *
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame

31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
34 Emma – Jane Austen
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
41 Animal Farm – George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown

43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery *
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel
52 Dune – Frank Herbert -
53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett *
74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses – James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal – Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession – AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White *

88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery *

93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94 Watership Down – Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl *

100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

Hmmm…do you notice a pattern in the ones I love? Almost all are considered children’s literature. If you have not read The Little Prince, you need to read that.

And anything by Jane Austin or Dickens that I’ve read, I’ve hated. I only read them because they were a requirement for school.

Top 100′s


June 24th, 2008

Kevin did a count of how many of the top 100 movies, music, books and T.V. shows he’s seen/hear/read from the Entertainment Weekly. And since I lack originality in my blogging this evening, I’m doing the same thing but I’m also adding the stage list and the tech list (and just to clarify, the tech list is stuff that I either own or use on a regular basis).

Movies 51/100

  1. Pulp Fiction
  2. Lord of the Rings Trilogy
  3. Titanic
  4. Toy Story
  5. Saving Private Ryan
  6. The Silence of the Lambs
  7. Die Hard
  8. Moulin Rouge
  9. Edward Scissorhands
  10. Spinal Tap
  11. The Matrix
  12. Jerry Maguire
  13. Do the Right Thing
  14. The Lion King
  15. Schindler’s List
  16. Rushmore
  17. A Room With a View
  18. Shrek
  19. Hoop Dreams
  20. The Bourne Supremacy (I was just informed that I did not see Bourne Supremacy. I saw Bourne Identity. Whatever. I’ve still seen more movies than you.)
  21. When Harry Met Sally
  22. The Breakfast Club
  23. Fargo
  24. The Incredibles
  25. Pretty Woman
  26. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  27. Spider-Man 2
  28. Speed (or The Bus that Wouldn’t Slow Down)
  29. Dazed and Confused
  30. Clueless
  31. Rain Man
  32. Men in Black
  33. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  34. The Piano
  35. The Naked Gun
  36. The Truman Show
  37. Risky Business
  38. Ghostbusters
  39. Scream
  40. Beverly Hills Cop
  41. Big
  42. Dirty Dancing
  43. Thelma and Louise
  44. Office Space
  45. Out of Africa
  46. Terminator 2
  47. Waiting for Guffman
  48. The 40 Year-Old Virgin
  49. Austin Powers
  50. Napoleon Dynamite
  51. Back to the Future
  52. Ed Wood

Books 12/100

  1. Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire
  2. Beloved
  3. Bridget Jone’s Diary
  4. The Joy Luck Club
  5. Naked
  6. Angela’s Ashes
  7. The Poisonwood Bible
  8. Waiting to Exhale
  9. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down
  10. Holes
  11. High Fidelity
  12. The Da Vinci Code

T.V. 60/100

  1. Simpsons
  2. Seinfeld
  3. The X-Files
  4. Sex and the City
  5. Lost
  6. Survivor
  7. The Cosby Show
  8. Friends
  9. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  10. Freaks and Geeks
  11. The Daily Show
  12. The Office
  13. The Oprah Winfrey Show
  14. Arrested Development
  15. American Idol
  16. ER
  17. Beverly Hills 90210
  18. Roseanne
  19. The Real World
  20. Law & Order
  21. The West Wing
  22. Late Show with David Letterman
  23. Gilmore Girls
  24. My So-Called Life
  25. thirtysomething
  26. Beavis & Butt-head
  27. Fraiser
  28. L.A. Law
  29. NYPD Blue
  30. Late Night with Conan O’Brien
  31. Jeopardy!
  32. Ally McBeal
  33. Baywatch
  34. Melrose Place
  35. Felicity
  36. Will & Grace
  37. Moonlighting
  38. Pee-wee’s Playhouse
  39. The Amazing Race
  40. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
  41. The Office
  42. Mystery Science Theater 3000
  43. Family Guy
  44. Everybody Loves Raymond
  45. NewsRadio
  46. Project Runway
  47. In Living Color
  48. The Golden Girls
  49. King of the Hill
  50. Murphy Brown
  51. Northern Exposure
  52. The Kids in the Hall
  53. Malcolm in the Middle
  54. Dawson’s Creek
  55. Queer Eye for the Straight Guy
  56. Married…with Children
  57. Designing Women
  58. The Arsenio Hall Show
  59. Party of Five
  60. Saved by the Bell

Music 19/100

  1. Purple Rain – Prince
  2. Achtung Baby – U2
  3. Madonna – Madonna
  4. Nirvana – Nirvana
  5. Come On Over – Shania Twain
  6. Jagged Little Pill – Alanis Morisette
  7. CrazySexyCool – TLC
  8. Sheryl Crow – Sheryl Crow
  9. Legend – Bob Marley
  10. Homogenic – Bjork
  11. American IV: The Man Comes Around – Johny Cash
  12. Rhythm Nation – Janet Jackson
  13. The Joshua Tree – U2
  14. Metallica – Metallica
  15. Play – Moby
  16. Born in the U.S.A. – Bruce Springsteen
  17. Vs. – Pearl Jam
  18. Home – Dixie Chicks
  19. Siamese Dream – Smashing Pumpkin

Stage 5/50

  1. Rent
  2. The Phantom of the Opera
  3. The Lion King
  4. Les Miserables
  5. Stomp

Tech 9/25

  1. DVD player
  2. iPod
  3. YouTube
  4. Stadium Seating in Multiplexes
  5. MySpace
  6. Netscape Navigator
  7. Netflix
  8. Gameboy
  9. Polyphonic Ringtones

What we are teaching our kids.


April 2nd, 2008

“Low-income urban students know they attend substandard, second-tier schools that lack the technology, resources and extracurricular programs commonplace in schools of more affluent communities. And yet we continue to expect these students to prioritize education when budgetary and funding inequities demonstrate that urban education is neither a local, state, or national priority.”
Will Okun, Chicago high school teacher

Just think about that for a minute….

(quote stolen directly from Tim’s blog)

New Study on Breastfeeding


April 1st, 2008

I was listening to NPR today and they had this short blurb on about the effects of breastfeeding. You’ll have to listen to the clip but basically the doctor they interviewed said that there aren’t many more benefits that breast fed babies receive over non-breast fed. There were two medical issues that were benefits (and no, allergies was not one) and the interview also stated that the bonding process was not affect by whether or not the mother nursed. This statement actually made sense to me. I don’t think the bonding process depends on nursing. I think it depends on physical touch, feeding, interaction and general care of the baby.

Okay, before everyone starts yelling at me, let me just say this. I nursed Lexi. I nursed her until she was 10 months and quit on her own (all though, I was planning on her being done at a year – extended nursing is not for me). But this interview does give mothers a ray of hope. Working moms who can’t nurse, moms who never quite got the hang of it, moms who couldn’t for medical reasons. All the moms who feel like they did their baby an injustice when nursing moms or breast-feeding advocates start talking about the wonders of breastmilk and how the best thing you can do for your baby is to nurse and it’s too bad they weren’t able to. Maybe it won’t be such a big deal if a mom chooses not to (or can’t) nurse.

Although, I do agree that when it comes down to it – price, convenience, and the fact that if my body makes milk, it’s probably good for my kid, but I’m not going to worry so much that I won’t be able to nurse the next baby.